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Mathematical Problems in Engineering
Volume 4, Issue 2, Pages 165-185

Robust stability and stabilization of a class of uncertain nonlinear systems with delays

Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Kuwait University, PO Box 5969, Safat 13060, Kuwait

Received 4 March 1996; Revised 18 October 1996

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A class of nonlinear systems with norm-bounded uncertainties and state-delay is considered. Two criteria are developed for the robust stability analysis: one is delay-independent and the other is delay-dependent. Methods for robust feedback synthesis are then examined. It is established that linear memoryless controllers are capable of guaranteeing the delay-dependent and delay-independent stabilizability of the closed-loop systems. All the results are expressed in the form of linear matrix inequalities which can be solved by efficient and numerically-stable routines. The developed theory is applied to the stability robustness problem of an industrial jacketed continuous stirred tank reactor.